Judith Eugene – Architecture, Classic Cars, Cooking, Gardening & Birds, Interior Decorating, Life Stories, Music, Pet Connections, Positive Living, Reiki Therapy, Writing, Yoga and Posture
Judith is the Founder of The Loving Hands Group. She is an experienced health and wellness teacher, presenting at businesses, organizations, and scholastic institutions throughout northern Ohio. Judith is a certified yoga instructor, with specialized training to work with senior adults and people with disabilities. She is also a Reiki Master Teacher, trained in the Usui Reiki system. Judith is an accomplished writer, and her work has been featured in several Cleveland publications. She is also a singer and guitarist, an animal welfare advocate, and an antique car enthusiast. Judith’s first career was in architecture and interior decorating, graduating with honors from Kent State University.
Judith has been a keynote speaker at local and international conferences to support the rights of senior adults and people with disabilities, and has made numerous appearances on television, radio and in print media.
Catherine Rush – Cooking, Fiber Arts, Fine Arts, Flower Arranging, Gardening & Birds, Life Stories, Music, Pet Connections, Positive Living, and Writing
Cathy graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a master’s degree in business management and is also a former Special Education teacher. She retired after a 38 year career supporting persons with disabilities and the aging population. Cathy’s creativity, along with her experience as a teacher and advocate for the elderly and people with disabilities, inspires her to teach a multitude of classes including sewing, woodworking, playing the piano and teaching piano lessons. Her passion is helping people reach their highest potential and developing new creative outlets to express themselves.
Chris Burnett – Tai Chi
Chris is a certified Master Tai Chi Instructor with over thirty years of training in Martial Arts. He began teaching Kung Fu and Shaolin Five Animal Techniques. After discovering the many health benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong, Chris has been teaching these disciplines for more than twenty years in fitness clubs, senior citizen communities and parks. It is his vision to create a healthy community through Tai Chi and Qigong , which are very beneficial for people of all ages and physical abilities. He teaches techniques that strengthen limbs, improve balance, and help with circulation and joint flexibility. Chris frequently travels to Florida and San Francisco to further his training under well-known Tai Chi Masters. He is the owner and founder of Green Dragon Tai Chi and Qigong LLC. Chris enjoys helping others and says there is nothing like the feeling he gets when his students thank him and tell him how good they feel after class.
Elizabeth Lahey – Dance
Elizabeth has taught movement and mindfulness meditation for over 40 years. She is also an accomplished fine artist and fabric artist. Elizabeth studied dance with the Merce Cunningham Professional Dance Program in New York City. She has performed with many contemporary dance choreographers as well as performing her own choreography. Elizabeth recently relocated to Cleveland with her husband who is the Founding Director for the Cleveland State University School of Film and Media Arts.
Jared Blakesmith – Tai Chi
Jared has trained in various martial arts since he was in middle school, studying various kung fu practices including Wing Chun and Escrima. Over time he sought to bring his martial practices more in line with his Taoist practices. This led Jared to begin studying the Chen style of Tai Chi. In the beginning of 2018 he began studying under Chris Burnett who led him through an intense regimen of training that allowed him to begin teaching. Jared is certified in both the Yang and the Chen styles of Tai Chi.
Lexi Deet – Photography
Lexi is a professional photographer who graduated from Ohio University with Bachelor’s Degrees in Photojournalism and Spanish, with an Anthropology Minor. She has over 14 years of experience in the study and practice of photography. Lexi has facilitated photographic workshops for people with mental health conditions and physical disabilities, and at-risk youth. She also teaches youth photography classes, and has done freelance work for a variety of newspapers. Lexi also enjoys shooting events and weddings. She was drawn to photography early in life as an accessible creative medium powerful enough to create positive change, on an individual to global scale. She is passionate about photography and educating people to use photography as a tool for creative expression and evolving how we see the world around us.